Physical Design Tools & Software

The market for microsystems with integrated data processing is growing due to diminishing manufacturing costs and system size. Innovation in intelligent microsystem technology is mainly driven by advances in IC, MEMS and packaging technology. A wide range of applications, including access control units, catastrophe management solutions, technical inspection technology and monitoring of environmental conditions, benefit from miniaturization and improved mechanical robustness.

Designing intelligent microsystems is no small task due to the significant functional complexity and very diverse technology questions that have to be addressed.  At the same time, this heterogeneity also facilitates a high degree of design freedom. Current standard design processes are geared towards optimizing individual components in isolation and do not sufficiently support the design process as a whole.  The approaches are usually limited to tackling specific design questions, instead of  the system as a whole. Fraunhofer IZM employs an entire team of scientists dedicated to helping developers of smart microsystems improve cross-technology optimization.


  • Development of new physical design tools to increase the efficiency of the design process
  • Support and provision of monitoring systems and integration into control technology
  • Support for AI-based predictive maintenance of customer-specific applications
  • Provision of planning systems for smart item infrastructures
  • Provision of web applications

ASTROSE - Monitoring system for overhead power lines

Our monitoring system for high and maximum voltage power grids increases the capacity of overhead lines, streamlines monitoring and maintenance, and promises substantial economic and ecological benefits.


Challenges in data processing for IOT-based applications